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How to Install Wall-to-Wall Carpet Yourself In 13 Easy Steps


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Carpeting a small room is well within the abilities of many home do-it-yourselfers. Most carpets come in 12 foot wide rolls, with a few difficult to seam varieties available in 15 foot widths. This step by step guide will show you how to install a wall-to-wall carpet that is small enough to not require a seam.

Keeping it simple will not only avoid some potential headaches, it will also insure that you do not void the manufacturers warranty. Many manufacturers stipulate that installations requiring seams be completed by a professional to maintain their warranty.

Keeping the size of your carpeting project small leaves you with a relatively simple job that you should be able to handle in a weekend. Here is your step by step guide to installing your own wall-to-wall carpet.

13. The Tools You Will Need

Before getting started you will need to buy or rent a few tools to complete your carpet laying job. Here is what you will need.

  • Tape Measure
  • Knee kick
  • Stair tool
  • Non-retracting utility knife
  • Knee pads
  • Tin snips
  • Hammer stapler
  • Wall trimmer
  • Safety glasses (if you are nailing tack strips to concrete)

12. Measure the Room

Lay your tape measure across the maximum length and maximum width of your room. Don’t forget the closets. Draw a floor plan of the room using grid paper so that you can see that the size of carpet you are planning to buy will cover the entire area without making any seams.

Carpet pads are usually 6 feet wide and sold in a variety of predetermined lengths. Use the dimensions of your room to determine the total square footage and add at least 5% when choosing the size of pad or pads to buy.

Also measure around the perimeter of the room so you can estimate the amount of tack strip you need to purchase. Include allowances for mounting tack strips inside closets, around floor vents and into any nooks and crannies. You should also measure the width of the doorway so you know the amount of carpet edge trim you will need.